Juba Teaching Hospital receives wheelchairs and devices

By William Madouk Garang

Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH) received thirty wheelchairs yesterday, twenty walkers and twenty crutches as a donation by Luol Deng Foundation (LDF) to ease in-patient mobility within the hospital.

This initiative was part of Luol Deng Foundation and partners’ campaign called “wheel of hope distribution” to support people with special needs.

The equipment would be distributed to the orthopedics, gynecology and emergency department among other departments to mitigate the deteriorating situations in those units.

Speaking to the media during the handover ceremony, the Medical Director of JTH, Maker Isaac appreciated the foundation and added that what made him happier was because it was a home-driven initiative.

“These wheelchairs will help so much, I wish if you came across the OPD and see how patients were being carried by their relatives Dr. Brian knows that the first management started when you transport the patients. If the patients have a broken limbs and if mishandled I think will aggravated the injuries so these wheelchairs will save a lot of lives,” said Isaac.  

Meanwhile, the acting head of Orthopedics and Trauma, Brian Madison said he was pleased to receive the donation. He also stressed that kindness and charity were part of South Sudanese culture of sharing the little that they had with one another.

“One thing that I would like to appreciate about this initiative is that it’s a homework and as south Sudanese we are always known for generosity and philanthropy this thingis part of us because we can see in South Sudanese houses having a lot of people around, we love to share,” said Madison.

 However, the chairperson of LDF, Luol Deng said health workers services were very crucial to everyone and despite the little that they received in return they still fought hard to treat people. He added that even though it was small it could at least make difference.

“The wheel chairs here today are very lest to get many as we can, but we only said even if it’s one is good to have something and to come together be an example, we all can put our hands together and make difference,” said Deng.

“I also hope that we are great example for others to understand that working in partnership with hospital there is such thing as large donation or partnership, I think anything you can do even if it’s your time or service will be well appreciated there are many ways that we give back to the people.”

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